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PgDip Medicine, Health and Public Policy (Part-Time)

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Masters / PG
Part Time

2 Years
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11700 GBP
6000 GBP
6000 GBP

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Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100

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About this course

The MSc in Medicine, Health and Public Policy addresses the nature and policy implications of key developments in the fields of health and medicine from social scientific and ethical perspectives. It examines the political, economic, cultural and ethical dimensions of contemporary trends in medicine, the biosciences and health, in changing social and regulatory contexts, and at national and international levels.

Key benefits

  • Taught within a world-leading Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, by internationally recognised experts who have trained across a range of disciplines – from sociology, anthropology, geography, gerontology, socio-legal studies and political science to psychology, bioethics, philosophy, biology and medicine.
  • Covers a broad range of substantive topics and offers a wide selection of specialist options addressing key social and ethical concerns related to, for example, psychiatry and mental health; ageing; war and trauma; pharmaceuticals, genomics, and biotechnology and clinical research; pandemics and biosecurity; and the political economy of health.
  • Offers advanced training in a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as critical policy research methods, allowing students to acquire the skills needed to undertake cutting-edge, social scientific analyses of diverse health-related issues.
  • Provides opportunities to join a thriving research community, to participate with active researchers in a range of extra-curricular events such as reading groups and roundtable discussions, and to attend a rich programme of seminars and lectures by world renowned visiting speakers.
  • Equips students with a set of skills and understandings necessary for future careers in the fields of policymaking and regulation, in health-related governmental and non-governmental agencies, and in university teaching and research.
  • Provides internship opportunities and career support to enhance students’ employability
  • Taught in the heart of London, at the Strand Campus on the banks of the Thames, with access to policy-makers, private sector organizations, government agencies and other research and academic institutions relevant to health, and to London’s key cultural activities.

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Eligibility Criteria

A relevant UK honours degree of 2:1 standard or overseas equivalent. If an applicant possesses an undergraduate degree below 2:1 standard, subsequent postgraduate qualifications may be taken into account. Also desirable is evidence of active engagement in relevant activities and an attentive concern for the relationships between medicine, science and society demonstrated by reading and otherwise following current national and international issues.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Required Modules

Programme core module (Must be taken and passed):

  • The Politics of Health & Medicine - 7SSHM600
  • Critical Policy Research for Health & Medicine - 7SSHM618
  • Dissertation in Medicine, Health & Public Policy - 7SSHM003

One of two modules:

  • Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health - 7SSHM502
  • Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science & Health - 7SSHM503

MSc compulsory modules (Must be taken):

  • Foundations in Social Science, Health & Medicine - 7SSHM720

PG Certificate and Diploma

Students registered for the PG Certificate take The Politics of Health & Medicine and a further 30 credits from compulsory and/or optional modules. PG Diploma students take all compulsory and core modules (except for the Dissertation) and optional modules to gain a total of 120 credits.

Optional Modules

Students can select 30-35 credits of optional modules from within the department or from other departments within King's College. Listed below are some of the modules offered within the department, a full list can be found here.

*Please note that not all modules may be running in a given year, please refer to the Department Module List for further information.

  • Global Health Ethics - 7SSHM606
  • Pharmaceuticals & Society - 7SSHM612
  • Quantitative Data Analysis - 7SSHM504
  • Ageing in a Global Context - 7SSHM505
  • Researching Vulnerable Populations - 7SSHM506
  • Data Manipulation & Management - 7SSHM507
  • Ethics of Clinical Research - 7SSHM615
  • Case Studies in Bioethics & Society - 7SSHM617

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by the Admissions Tutor. You may be invited to be interviewed. We may interview non-UK candidates by telephone and may ask applicants to write an essay. We will only assess complete applications with supporting uploaded documents. Please see our website for more details. We aim to process applications within three weeks; during holiday periods applications may take longer to process.

Personal statement and supporting information

Your personal statement should be approximately three to four paragraphs, and no more than one page. You should explain why you are interested in the MSc Medicine, Science & Society; you could include, for example, details of your motivation and your relevant knowledge, experience or skills. We look for candidates who have a strong academic background, demonstrate a focused interest in the programme and are committed to advanced interdisciplinary study.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

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